Some gold and yellow patches are starting to pop out of the deep green of the forest, it won’t be long and all the brilliant fall colors will be showing. The spectacular scenery of Rainy Lake is just a bit better with the splash of bright colors. Fall also brings a pretty good walleye, crappie and smallmouth bite. Right now, the walleye are pretty active all over Rainy Lake. You need not go further than Sand Bay to find a good bite. Walleye are hitting on minnows when slow trolling or drifting in anywhere from 18 to 30 feet of water. The smallmouth are hitting from the rock shorelines and the crappie bite has been best in the bays, especially Black Bay.
You can get up close and personal with fall colors by exploring any of the hunter walking trails in Koochiching County. After September 19, bring along a shotgun because there will be grouse flushing along these trails. The drumming counts in the spring indicated a stable grouse population at least on par with last year. Spring and summer weather was good for brood success and some forest products workers have reported seeing broods of grouse throughout the summer. Hunter walking trails are developed through areas with excellent habitat and reasonably good walking. It will likely be a good season. However, even if you don’t see a single bird, there’s nothing better than a nice hike in the fall woods.
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